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Even under COVID precautions, Gordon continues to be committed to providing families with safe, well-supervised, engaging options for all ages that begin at 7:15am and continue to 5:30pm.

Before school and after school care are available through the Gators and YAP (Young Adult Place) programs. 

Other programs that have historically happened after school, like athletics, theater, Common Ground, music lessons and more, have continued. 

Fall after school programs begin on the first day of school, Wednesday, September 1st, and run through November 23rd.

In order to plan safe, productive, joyful experiences for students after school, we need stable rosters for our in-person after school programs.

Registration for Gators and YAP care, athletics, and the Middle School play closed on August 23rd.
 

Gators and YAP daily care

Gators and YAP provide care for students from 7:15am to the start of the school day and from dismissal to 5:30pm every day that school is in session.

Care before school

Early Gators and YAP is available every morning between 7:15 and 7:55am. To allow staff to safely dismiss these students to their classrooms, students cannot be dropped off to Early Gators after 7:55am. If a family arrives after 7:55am, they will need to wait until 8am—when classrooms, outdoor entrances, and pathways are supervised—to drop off their child.

Care after school

Students and their families can expect to be fully engaged in hands-on activities--indoors and outdoors--every afternoon in Gators. 

New, more flexible guidelines this fall will allow our after school team to offer more specialty programming as part of every day Gators care! 

In addition to free play on Gordon's playgrounds and other outdoor spaces that are perfect for running around, nature walks, and exploration, students can participate in a variety of activities each week, led by talented and experienced Gators and YAP staff:

Early Childhood

Storytelling: A wide variety of children’s storybooks and tales will be shared with students, and they’ll also have the opportunity to create their own stories and characters. 

Alphabet art: Practice the alphabet while creating beautiful projects together!

Outdoor games: Giant connect four, bean bag toss, bowling, and more fun games await our students on Gordon’s amazing campus!

Big builds: Students will use blocks, LEGOs, repurposed and other materials to build and design together.

Choice: Students will choose from different play-based activities and toys. 

Coloring: This favorite center will be a daily option for students to explore color and creativity.

All about animals: Students can learn about all kinds of creatures through stories, projects, and other activities. 

Music and movement: Students will make and listen to music that will keep their bodies in motion!


Lower School: 

Design Studio: Using a variety of materials, students will design and build large and small creations together in small groups and individually.

Let’s Get Crafty!: Discover your inner artist while working with a variety of mediums. Drawing, painting, jewelry making, repurposed art and more will be included for students to learn and explore. 

Book Nook: Join us in the Book Nook, where we’ll carve out time each week for reading. Students will have the opportunity to read independently or form book clubs around new or favorite books. 

Outdoor Games: Giant Connect four, bean bag toss, bowling, horseshoes, and more fun games await our students on Gordon’s amazing campus!

Choice: Students can voice their opinions by suggesting games and activities and choose what they’d like to do. 

Board Game Free Play: Enter into some friendly competition with your classmates with our wide selection of games. 

Story Building: Let’s create together! We’ll map out our ideas and characters on storyboards and put it all together into different mediums stories to act out, write about, or bring to life in comic strips. 

Creature Feature: Join us in the Creature Creation Lab as we design our own creatures! We’ll create out of a variety of materials and share our one-of-a-kind creature with the group.


Middle School

YAP offers students in fifth to eighth grades a quiet, supervised study hall each afternoon. Students will be organized by grade level, and seventh and eighth grades can be grouped together, working independently or in small groups. Students in YAP also have the opportunity to spend time outdoors or in the field house as availability and staffing allow. 
 

Registration closed

Registration for Gators and YAP care, athletics, and the Middle School play closed on August 23rd.

 

Music lessons

This fall, after school music lessons can be offered on campus and in-person once again!

Instructors are ready to teach drums, flute, bassoon, piano, recorder, ukulele, fiddle, violin, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, voice, trumpet, banjo, harmonica, bass and music theory.

Details on scheduling lessons are at www.gordonschool.org/musiclessons

 

Middle School athletics

This fall, Gordon's Middle School is once again offering a Monday to Thursday competitive, interscholastic athletic program. Every student who wants to participate is guaranteed a chance to play, and the values of inclusivity, sportsmanship and teamwork will, as always, be front-and-center.

The basics

The Monday to Thursday offerings will be cross country, field hockey, and soccer. Flag football will also be piloted, on Mondays and Fridays (Friday practice 2:15 to 3:45). Flag football players are welcome to participate in a second sport on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

All activities are open to all genders.

Family members will be welcome to attend home games.

Instructional tennis will also be available on Friday afternoons for a fee of $240. Students will travel by bus to practice courts off campus.

The fall season begins on the first day of school, Wednesday, September 1st. The first two days will be team building activities. That weekend is a long weekend, and team practices will begin in earnest on Wednesday the 8th.

The season will end October 25th. YAP care will be made available for athletes who need it after that date.

As always, students can participate in a sport and the play.

Strategies for safety

Once rosters are established, they will be considered a stable grouping, and will be set for the season. Teams may have players from different grades on them. 

If practices are cancelled due to weather, students will have indoor coaching sessions or study halls, separated by grade level.

Students will follow the school's guidelines for masks. All practices and games, home and away, will be outdoors.

Coaches who are not Gordon faculty or staff will need to provide proof of vaccination, and will be required to take a training on all Gordon safety protocols with Damon Ray, Gabe Burnstein, and Nurse Mary Hoey.
 

Registration closed 

Registration for Gators and YAP care, athletics, and the Middle School play closed on August 23rd.

Athletes will need to fill out and return this form before the season begins.

Cross country athletes also need to return this form.

The fall play

Open to fifth through eighth grade

After school theater will continue in the safe, socially-distanced form developed last spring, with important change: grades seven and eight can be combined, and individual classes do not need to separated. All are welcomed to audition, and all will be cast. The work will be creative, child-centered, and celebrated. The goal is to perform in person, but we have our new filmmaking skills to rely on, if necessary!

Rehearsals will be on campus from dismissal to 5:00pm, beginning September 1st and ending at Thanksgiving. 

Individual grades will meet on a specific day each week, as follows:

Seventh and eighth grades combined: Mondays and Friday
Sixth grade: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Fifth grade: Wednesdays

As always, students can participate in a sport and the play!

Any questions? Email Milly Massey at mmassey@gordonschool.org

Registration closed

Registration for Gators and YAP care, athletics, and the Middle School play closed on August 23rd.

G-Notes

The G-Notes a cappella group will continue this year, led by Mr. Vélez. Anyone entering seventh or eighth grade who is willing to commit the extra time to meet the challenges of this style of singing is welcome to audition; students who have been part of the group do not need to re-audition.

G Notes will meet twice a week: once during the school day and once on Friday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm. There may be additional rehearsal time as needed and as the schedule evolves. If your student is interested in auditioning, separate information on the audition process will be published at the beginning of the school year.

Affinity groups and clubs

Gordon has a number of affinity groups and interest groups for students, including Common Ground, Latinos Unidos for Latinx students, two programs for students who speak Spanish at home, Let's Talk About Whiteness, and a Gender and Sexuality Alliance for LGBTQ students and allies. 

The Middle School meetings of these popular programs will not be happening in the 3:20 to 5:00 time slot this fall, in order to allow students to participate in them and do the play or athletics as well.

Heritage Language, for Early Childhood and Lower School students who speak Spanish at home, will meet during the school day.

Common Ground fall 2021

The Tuesday Common Ground team is Cendhi Arias (second grade and program coordinator),  Amber Bennett (fourth grade), and Aleida Benitez (Early Childhood and Lower School Spanish). Together they will plan and facilitate weekly meetings. 

This fall, Tuesday Common Ground will be held in person. Initially, we had announced that this fall's program would be over Zoom, and we are delighted that the team has found ways to bring students together face-to-face. 

The fall session of Tuesday Common Ground will run from September 21st to November 9th, Tuesdays from dismissal to 4:30 pm. 

The groups will meet in outdoor campus spaces. Faculty and students will be masked and will continue to adhere to the same health and safety protocols they follow during the school day. Pick-up will be on the Bunny Field, next to the Middle School parking lot.

Participation in Tuesday Common Ground is free and open to all Lower School students of color. This is a voluntary program and it is up to individual families to decide whether or not they want their child or children to attend.  

Sign up for fall Tuesday Common Ground